All we know – and don't know – about Glastonbury 2019
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The greatest festival on earth returns this year – here's all the line up announcements so far, and the rumours we've heard through the grapevine.
The Glastonbury rumour mill has been churning ever since the last festival in 2017. Now, a few months before the event kicks off in June, the main stage headliners and much more of the lineup have been confirmed.
However, there are more acts and attractions still to be announced – we'll keep you updated with all the rumours, speculation and hot of the press news as we get it.
The Killers and The Cure join Stormzy as the final headline announcements
First revealed via posters in Oxfam shop windows in Streatham last November, Stormzy confirmed he'll be headlining Glastonbury this year – crowning him the first grime artist to top the Pyramid Stage's billing.
Now, the final two headline slots will be filled by two heavyweight bands who have, each in their own right, had seismic impacts in the UK and the rest of the world. First up, after their surprise set at the John Peel stage in 2017, The Killers return to the Pyramid stage on Saturday night. Then rounding off the festival will be The Cure, who will headline the festival for the fourth time (a record that equals that of Coldplay). Brush up on your lyrics of Friday I'm In Love and Mr. Brightside and prepare to sing along to your heart's content.
More artists have been announced for the Pyramid, Other, West Holts, John Peel and Park stages.
Whilst the full line up is still yet to be announced, there's plenty of new acts to stick your teeth into. Janet Jackson will head to worthy farm for the first time, as will Miley Cyrus and Ms. Lauryn Hill. And amongst more big band bookings like Vampire Weekend and Tame Impala are UK rap mainstays like Stefflon Don and Little Simz, plus jazz in the form of Kamasi Washington and Shabaka Hutchings' two outfits, Sons of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming.
Kylie Minogue will play this year's legend slot
She's long been the bookies' favourite to play the legends slot since Emily Eavis dropped the hint that it would be "a non-British woman," and now the rumours have been confirmed true. With an arsenal of classic tracks under her belt – including seven number one singles – Kylie is a pop superstar and a surefire legend that we'll all be racing to see on Sunday afternoon.
Block 9 are back – and bigger than ever
Who'd have thought that, after their 10th anniversary special in 2017, the nocturnal dance destination could amp it up any further? But word from Emily Eavis is that they'll be "spreading out Block 9 a bit, giving them more space as they’ve got some pretty mind boggling ideas that we’re putting into action.“ What exactly these mind boggling ideas are is yet to be revealed, but as the spiritual home of some of Glastonbury's best electronic music and spectacular installations (such the London Underground, Genosys and the NYC Downlow to name a few), news of their expansion is particularly exciting.
A new Arcadia show will make its Glastonbury debut
Another staple of the festival, the giant, fire-breathing, robotic arachnid will also be doing "something quite radical" this year, according to Emily. "They’ve come up with some inspired plans," she says, "It’s best kept under wraps, but it’s certainly raising the bar!” One of the go-to spots for drum 'n' bass and jungle with a side of nightmarish theatrics, it sounds like it will be one not to miss.
Will there be any politicians making an appearance?
The Labour Party leader drew an enormous crowd for his Pyramid Stage speech in 2017, where 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' chants echoed across the site for the duration of the festival. But will the PM be filling the same slot? In short, according to Emily Eavis, "no."